Geese

Geese

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Geese are waterfowl belonging to the tribe Anserini of the family Anatidae. This tribe comprises the genera Anser (the grey geese), Branta (the black geese) and Chen (the white geese). A number of other birds, mostly related to the shelducks, have 'goose' as part of their name. More distantly related members of the Anatidae family are swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller. The word goose is a direct descendant of Proto-Indo-European root, *ghans-. In Germanic languages, the root gave Old English gs with the plural gs and gandres (becoming Modern English goose, geese, and gander, respectively), New High German Gans, Gnse, and Ganter, and Old Norse gs. This term also gave Lithuanian ss, Irish g (goose, from Old Irish giss), Latin anser, Greek chn, Albanian gat (heron), Sanskrit hams, Finnish hanhi, Avestan z, Polish g, Russian , Czech husa, and Persian ghz.

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